kirtu wrote:Had conditions been different than life would likely have still evolved. But it may not have become technologically adaptive (this is the reason that we aren't dinosaurs).
In which case, the Six Realms of Existence would have been conceived as Volcano Hell, Hungry Herbivores, Small Mammals, Dinosaurs, Demi-Dinosaurs, and T. Rex.
And all Dinosaurs would travel to Nepal to seek refuge in the Great Buddha Dino
if there was a Six Realms of Existence of a Great Buddha Dino at all.
Technological dinosaurs from Earth were explored in an episode of Star Trek Voyager although without Buddhism.
Practically everywhere we look on Earth we find life (there is one apparently lifeless spot in a high desert in Peru). In fact we find multiple
life systems: most life that we know of is dependant upon solar energy, but in fact in terms of biomass most life on Earth may be thermal rock dependant (this became known in the 90's). Then we have thermal vents in the oceans with an amazing diversity of unique multicellular animals, most famously tube worms (these were discovered in the late 70's or so). I remember hearing about another life system found in nature based on chemical reactions in salt pools or something like that.
We will unquestionably find fossilized life on Mars (of course there is still a possibility that we
could be Martians). We may find life on Venus esp. in high mountain pools: we do find life on Earth under not dissimilar temperatures and pressures although it is not multicellular and not subject to a constant rain of sulphuric acid or a probable reshaping of the surface of Venus every 500 million years or so (if this is actually true then life is unlikely there but if not then sulphuric acid isn't a terrible thing to live with). However we should expect to find life on Titan because there is sufficient energy for slow acting biological processes. Similarly on Europa (Jovan moon) and Enceladus (Saturian moon) I would expect us to find aquatic life similar to what we see in the oceans here. So basically anywhere that life could possibly exist in the solar system I'm certain we will find life either present or in fossilized form. But it could take several hundred years to really get the data either way. If we do find this, then we know that we should find similar conditions throughout the galaxy and in fact throughout the universe although there could be vast deserts (produced by gamma ray bursts at least).
From a Buddhist POV we DO
have a kind of "intelligent" designer. This is karma. And since karma is a result of intentionality, all sentient beings collectively are the intelligent part. Therefore ignorance is actually the "intelligent" impetus. So we have collectively played a bad joke on each other.